What does "fruitless" mean in this sentence ?

Even so, the president and Secretary of State Cordell Hull considered it prudent to keep the way open for improving relations, so Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles had been engaged in a series of fruitless discussions with the Soviet ambassador, Constantin Oumansky, since mid-1940.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
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    Discussions that produce nothing, in the same way a tree doesn't bear fruit.

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  • Judy
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    Unproductive. . . . . . 

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  • Cara
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It is very, very tempting to give you the answer that they ate no oranges, plums, strawberries, or any other fruit during these discussions. However, I will just direct you to a dictionary. Don't you even have a dictionary on your computer?

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Here, fruitless means non-productive or ineffective.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    If you don't know what a word means, try a dictionary first.

    The word 'fruitless' 'here' means what it would mean anywhere else.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It means: unproductive, unsuccessful.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    means there was no useful result from the discussions. not surprising as Stalin didn't want things to get cozier

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